Using her senses to take it all in

Since she was a little girl, Alexandra Macedonia has loved writing. In her junior year at Ward Melville High School, Alexandra became involved with the journalism program writing for the school paper, Kaleidoscope.

Alex Macedonia

Alex Macedonia / Photo by Wasim Ahmad

Alexandra’s tenth-grade English teacher, Jeremy Oatis, encouraged her to pursue journalism. “Her writing is very journalistic in nature,” Oatis said. “Economy of language, no superfluous words.”

Alexandra, 17, can be characterized as curious and creative, two traits that are essential for a journalist. “I have always loved to write because you can really go in any direction you want to and be as creative as you want,” she said. “She enjoys using her senses to take in all that is going on around her,” said her mother, Elizabeth Rongo. “She then is able to put it all in writing. She paints a picture for the reader as if she were there.”  Alexandra’s favorite pieces to write as well as read are human-interest pieces.

Alexandra said she is unsure whether she would like to pursue a career in writing or follow her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. She is hoping her week at the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists will help her find her niche in journalism and help her decide what career path she will follow. “This summer I really want to broaden my writing prowess with new skills and see what area of journalism is the best fit for me to pursue in the future,” Alexandra said.

Oatis said he is confident that Alexandra will make it in journalism. “Alex could write about anything, but I think her mind set, as far as I can discern, is pretty well geared for non-fiction,” Oatis said. “Journalism could be her thing. Alex has a serious streak–one that is unusual in a person this age. She knows how to focus, and she’s a thinker. Often, I could see the wheels turning in class.”

Rongo said she hopes to see her daughter as editor-in-chief of a major magazine one day.

Alexandra’s multi-dimensional personality comes out through her participation teaching art classes at the Long Island Carriage Museum and other community service works through the honor society at her school.

“She is witty, loving and fun,” said Rongo.

Oatis praised Alex’s engagement in the classroom.  “She is intelligent, focused and perceptive,” he said.